Vocational Education & Training

Port School is committed to supporting students towards successful futures.

Our knowledgeable staff in the RTO/VET office is always happy to offer advice to students and carers on:

  • Individual career pathway counselling/subject selection
  • VETDSS delivered one day per week at TAFE in Year 10, 11 and 12
  • Work experience
  • Alternative entry pathways for university
  • TAFE application process
  • School-based traineeships
  • Application process for local and interstate universities
  • Scholarship applications

School-Based Traineeships

School-based apprenticeships and traineeships provide students aged 15 years and above with valuable employment skills, hands-on industry experience and a nationally recognised qualification, while still completing secondary school. This is a great way to kick start your career.

If you currently have a job working at KFC, Hungry Jack’s, McDonald’s or Salsa’s, school-based traineeships are readily embedded within your normal work hours.

As a trainee or apprentice in one of these programs, you will go to school and, with the school’s approval, you and a guardian (if you are under 18) will sign a training contract with an employer in your chosen industry. This gives you the same employment, training conditions and responsibilities as other apprentices and trainees. The employer will pay you for the time you spend at work.

You will do some of your training at a TAFE or private training provider and some at work. You may complete your traineeship while at school, but most apprenticeships will be completed after you leave school.

What school-based apprenticeships and traineeships are available?

Many industries have approved apprenticeships and traineeships for school students. They include the manufacturing, electrical, construction, health, engineering, automotive, sport, hospitality, business, primary and food industries.

What will I get from a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship program?

When you complete a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship, you will:

  • work and undertake training for one or two days a week while still completing your Certificate of General Education at school on the other days;
  • have an industry approved pathway to further study or a job.

Who can do a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship?

You need to:

  • Be a full-time school student who is generally 15 years or older
  • Have support and agreement from the School to do the program
  • Meet any special requirements for employment and training in your chosen industry
  • Be an Australian citizen or hold a relevant visa

Will I have to pay for my school-based apprenticeship or traineeship?

You will not pay any fees for your school-based apprenticeship or traineeship. You may have to buy uniforms, protective equipment, text books or trade equipment/tools required by your chosen industry. You may also have to pay for transport to get to work and home again on those days.

How can I find out more about school-based apprenticeships and traineeships?

Talk to us at the RTO/VET office on 9335 6323

More information about school-based traineeships can be found here:


Employer Community

Are you an employer keen to give a young person a good start in the work force?

We can work together with your business needs to support one of our students through:

  • Short term unpaid work experience
  • School based traineeships
  • Pre-apprenticeships
  • Casual/holiday staff

Employing local youth and investing some time in building a young person’s skills, confidence and abilities will help build your business’s community reputation and reduce your recruitment and onboarding costs.

We invite any interested employers to join us for a tour of the school and discuss your business needs over a coffee.

Please ring the RTO/VET manager on 9335 6323


Port’s ‘Work Readiness’ program allows our students to utilise a timetabled session to explore and prepare for career pathways. They can use online tools to identify aptitude, areas of interest and key requirements across potential career fields.

Through the development of extensive networks with the wider community of training providers in WA, Port has secured opportunities for students to sample and study nationally recognised qualifications outside of our current provision. Throughout the school year our students are alerted to external provider opportunities. These can range from short ‘Try a Trade’ events to full certificate courses provided off-site.

We prioritise our students when considering individual requests and circumstances. As such, Port students are fully guided and supported in all aspects, including meeting application and enrolment requirements, and flexible school structure for attendance and successful achievement.

At Port, we are proud of our students’ achievements and also proud of our approach of student centred-advocacy when preparing for career, learning and life beyond school.

FlexiTrack High

Murdoch University has started a partnership with Port School to offer FlexiTrack High, a unique university preparation course designed to help students who may not have completed WACE level courses or have an ATAR.

FlexiTrack High covers a broad range of academic topics, including referencing, time management, academic integrity and developing a growth mindset. It provides students with a structured and supportive learning experience, with 50% of the learning taking place in class and 50% occurring online in the Murdoch Learning Management System.

To be eligible for the program, students need to be in Year 12 and have completed a Certificate II level course.

Seven students are participating in the program in 2023, and are all excited to work toward their future study goals!

Providing a real alternative for adolescents who need a different kind of school.

(08) 9335 6323